Dred Scott Fight For Freedom Essay

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Fight for Freedom Dred Scott was a slave who was treated unfairly in a case that determined his freedom, and he never got to enjoy the life of being free. He had already earned his freedom fairly in a federal court, but was tried again in the Supreme Court who decided against Scott. His determination and pride was strong, but the racism within the court was even stronger. Dred Scott (previously known as Sam Scott, but he changed his name in 1848 a few years after he was wed) was born a slave in Southampton, Virginia that worked as a farmhand, handyman, and stevedore. He belonged to a man named Peter Blow and they migrated west together. They had moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1830, but his master died only two years later. So Scott…show more content…
Louis Circuit declared Dred Scott a free man. The problem was that his freedom would be short-lived. Two years after the case, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s decision. Scott and his wife had to serve to John F.A. Sanford, who was Mrs. Emerson’s brother. Scott was able to obtain lawyers who supported him, and they figured out that his case could be argued in a federal district court because now he lived outside of Missouri, which ruled over interstate matters. The decision rested within the hands of the Supreme Court in 1857, with Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney who supported slavery. The court’s decision was revealed on March 6, 1857 that Scott was to be a slave again. They came to that verdict because he was black, and he wasn’t a citizen, so he was not entitled to the rights of a citizen. They said Scott had no right to sue, never had been free, and that the Constitution didn’t declare that territories could prohibit slavery, which meant the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional. Luckily for Scott, after the decision, Peter Blow's sons (childhood friends) had helped pay Scott's legal fees over the years. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the sons had bought Dred and Harriet R. Scott, and set them free. Unfortunately, Scott died nine months

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